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Exeter City 2-2 Crawley Town

Luke Rooney
Luke Rooney had not scored a goal since 28 December 2014

Luke Rooney's stunning stoppage-time goal earned Crawley a point at Exeter.

Alex Nicholls had given City a great start when he lashed home Tom Nichols' pass after Clinton Morrison's dummy.

Sonny Bradley levelled as he found himself unmarked to head home Simon Walton's corner.

Nicholls struck a 20-yard half-volley to put Exeter back in front on the stroke of half-time, before Rooney's audacious 91st-minute shot flew past Bobby Olejnik and into the top corner.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Mark Yates: Crawley Town boss on draw to Exeter

"I think it was deserved. It always looks harsh on the home when you get a goal in the 92nd minute, but we kept plugging away.

"We showed a spirit coming from a goal down twice and we've come a long way since the start of the season. It's pleasing we are making progress and we are far from the finished article but we are getting a way to play and we're working hard at it.

"I thought the substitutes made a massive part of it, and something tactical genius from myself.

"When you pick eleven and I think that's my best eleven for the game and you give me 70-80 per-cent. I ask the players who come on to continue the momentum and the ones today made it."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 11Davies
  • 39BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 5McAllister
  • 31Grant
  • 7Harley
  • 4Noble
  • 14Nicholls
  • 20Nichols
  • 13MorrisonSubstituted forWheelerat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 18Reid
  • 21Hamon
  • 22Wheeler
  • 23McCready
  • 26Tillson
  • 29Watkins

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 6Bradley
  • 16AshtonSubstituted forRooneyat 53'minutes
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4Walton
  • 8Smith
  • 7Edwards
  • 39MurphySubstituted forFenelonat 70'minutes
  • 18HarroldBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBarnardat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scales
  • 9Barnard
  • 10Rooney
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
3,664

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 2.

Booking

Troy Brown (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 2. Luke Rooney (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Lee Barnard (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by David Noble (Exeter City).

Lee Barnard (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Matt Harrold.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Clinton Morrison.

Attempt saved. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Arron Davies.

Foul by Alex Nicholls (Exeter City).

Simon Walton (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Troy Brown (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Shamir Fenelon replaces Rhys Murphy.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Simon Walton (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Noble (Exeter City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth17122327121538
2Oxford Utd1796228151333
3Northampton179442721631
4Accrington178542619729
5Portsmouth167722314928
6Mansfield177552214826
7Leyton Orient167542620626
8Bristol Rovers168262118326
9Carlisle177552930-126
10Luton177462921825
11Wycombe157442013725
12Wimbledon167452423125
13Morecambe167273129223
14Exeter176562325-223
15Notts County166462123-222
16Crawley176472126-522
17Cambridge175572125-420
18Barnet176292328-520
19Hartlepool165291524-917
20Stevenage173682132-1115
21Newport173591728-1114
22York172691928-912
23Yeovil1724111931-1210
24Dag & Red161691731-149
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